Shannon is a 7th generation McDonald living in Nimmitabel. She is the granddaughter of Bill and Dulcie McDonald, and the daughter of Don McDonald and Alana Payten.
Shannon moved to Newcastle in 2012 to study her Bachelor of Arts, and graduated in 2014. She is now furthering her studies with a Master of Arts through The University of New England. Shannon moved back to Nimmitabel last year, and is currently the Coordinator of The Cooma Universities Centre.
She is passionate about education in regional and rural areas, and is a strong advocate for the Australian Arts.